The Lexington Fertility Center


Minimally Invasive Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a surgery performed for diagnosis and treatment of female infertility. We use a thin, lighted tube (Laparoscope) fitted with a small camera that is inserted in an 1/2-3/4 inch incision in the abdomen or pelvic region to directly visualize infertility problems that may be occurring in a patient.  This is a minimally invasive way for us to diagnose problems that may be contributing to or causing infertility.  Laparoscopy is an outpatient procedure, so our patients can expect to be home within a few hours of surgery.   Below we have provided a few answers to our most frequently asked questions about Laparoscopy.

When will laparoscopy be performed?

Generally we will suggest laparscopy as a diagnostic measure to better determine the cause of infertility. This is usually only after other infertility testing has been completed.

What should I do to prepare for my surgery?

Just as any other surgery we ask our patients to follow a few simple rules.

  • No eating, drinking, smoking, chewing gum after midnight on the day prior to surgery.
  • Please shower the night before surgery.
  • Refrain from wearing make-up and jewelry on the day of surgery.
  • Please fill any prescriptions prior to surgery.
  • Make arrangements for pick-up at the facility and child-care if needed.

How long will the surgery take?

This really depends case to case, so it is difficult to nail down a time frame.

What type of anesthetic is used during laparoscopy?

We use general anesthesia during this procedure.

Will I be able to drive home?

No, please arrange for a pickup and for in-home care for at least 48 hours. Although, you will not completely be off your feet or unable to get around, it is essential for your recovery that you plan on having someone to aid you.

How will I feel after surgery?

The areas around the incisions may be sore, and your abdomen may be tender for a few days.  Patients may also feel some bloating or gas.